Sunday, September 19, 2010

WWE Night of Champions 2010 Preview

I love the Night of Champions concept, the one night of the year where every title MUST be defended, but I worry with the elimination of the ECW Title, along with the unification of the Tag Titles and the Women's Titles, that the concept will become unnecessary. Still, it's a nice opportunity to highlight the titles and why they're important, so here's hoping WWE keeps the PPV going in the coming years.

The card looks rock solid this year and I'm excited about almost every match, so let's take a closer look:

WWE Title Match - Six Pack Challenge
Sheamus © vs. John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Wade Barrett

Big match, and I'm thrilled they changed to to elimination-style last week, because I hate big multi-man matches with one fall to a finish. It just strikes me as a cop-out to get the belt off someone without them having to take a pinfall. This match is wide open and anyone could realistically walk out of the Allstate Arena with the WWE Championship. Sheamus retaining makes sense, he just won the belt a couple months ago and hasn't really had a high profile feud yet. John Cena could win because, well, he's John Cena and always makes for a credible WWE Champion. Randy Orton could win since he's the hottest character in wrestling right now. Chris Jericho could win and play up his "I would've left if I lost" shtick, but I'm pretty sure WWE's conveniently erased that. Edge could win and hold the belt hostage to continue his feud with the G?M. And Wade Barrett could win and bring the WWE Title to The Nexus, which opens up a whole slew of possibilities. I'm going to play it safe and say Sheamus will retain, allowing the rest of WWE's top guys to focus on Nexus, while Sheamus has to deal with a returning Triple H, who will hopefully be back soon.

World Heavyweight Title - No Holds Barred
Kane © vs. The Undertaker

It's been a storied rivalry with these two, one that just keeps getting weirder and weirder, but there's fun to be had here. Kane's the most interesting he's been in over eight years, The Undertaker somehow just keeps getting better in the ring, so I think we're in for a surprisingly enjoyable match tonight. No way the feud ends here though, especially with the Hell in a Cell PPV an inexplicable two weeks away. Kane retains tonight, loses the belt to The Phenom at Hell in a Cell.

United States Championship
The Miz © vs. Daniel Bryan

Probably my most anticipated match on the card, not just because I'm a huge fan of both guys, but because it will be the first time Bryan gets at least ten minutes to work in a singles match on a WWE PPV. With Bryan getting the upper hand on Miz week after week though, I don't think the match is as open and shut as some think. I'm still predicting a Daniel Bryan win tonight, but don't be shocked if Miz somehow escapes with the US Title still around his waist.

Intercontinental Championship
Dolph Ziggler © vs. Kofi Kingston

These two will meet for the billionth time tonight, but they also rarely fail to entertain, so that's not necessarily a bad thing. The title changing hands via count-out or submission makes it likely for this to be the final encounter between the two, and thus I have to predict Dolph Ziggler will retain. He just won the belt after a year-long rebuilding process after his character derailed, so he simply needs the IC Title far more than Kofi Kingston does. Bring on a fresh set of challengers for Dolph, which might not be so easy considering how light on faces Smackdown is, but hopefully the move to Syfy will fix that.

Diva's & Women's Titles Unification
Michelle McCool © vs. Melina ©

I'm actually somewhat intrigued by this match. While not the best female competitors in WWE, McCool and Melina are more than capable of putting on an entertaining match, and they did so last year at Night of Champions as well. With high stakes like this, I hope to see an aggressive, hard-hitting wrestling match, instead of the usual 90-second train wreck we get on Raw and Smackdown every week. I assume Michelle McCool will pick up the victory here since WWE loves her and it'll be an excuse to use LayCool on both shows. Not exactly great news for this particular blogger, but Raw's women's division is in such horrible shape, LayCool would actually be a good addition to Monday nights. Yeah, I said it.

Grudge Match
CM Punk vs. Big Show

Don't expect a technical classic or anything, but considering how their 3-on-1 handicap match at SummerSlam wound up being the only bright spot on that show outside of the main event, I have high hopes for this one. Punk is arguably the greatest wrestler in WWE right now and face Big Show is tons of fun, so I think we could be in for a match that may not win any year-end awards, but should certainly entertain. I'll pick CM Punk to win since he's back to 100% and could easily set his sights back on the World Title, while Big Show won't be hurt by the loss at all.

WWE Tag Team Championship
The Hart Dynasty © vs. ???

As of this writing, WWE has not announced opponents for The Hart Dynasty tonight, which leads me to believe we'll get something like a triple threat, or perhaps the return of Tag Team Turmoil? I'd like to see them mix it up in a triple threat with Truth & Morrison and Rhodes & McIntyre, but after their phenomenal match on Smackdown, I'd be happy with just Rhodes & McIntyre. I won't be shocked to see New Tag Team Champions crowned tonight, but I don't think Kidd & Smith have gotten a fair shake with the belts yet due to their momentum-killing feud with the unknown Uso Bros. Sometimes you just need to push the reset button though, so maybe The Harts dropping the belts tonight will be better off in the long run?

And that's it, we're just a couple hours away from the PPV; feel free to make your predictions in the comments section, and let me know which match your most excited for. Most importantly, make sure to check back at Kick-Out!! after the show for my full review of WWE Night of Champions 2010!

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4 comments:

  1. How about a Tornado Triple Threat Tag Team match... I can dream can't I?

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  2. If Taz were still in WWE, he'd call it "pander-monium"

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  3. I'm calling a Randy Orton victory followed by a successful Miz cash-in, instantly setting up a feud.

    No reason behind this, but I'd like to throw it out there, just in case.

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  4. Miz cashing in would be too soon for my tastes.

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